Raiders Have 2 Versions of Wilson Story
The Raiders are not negotiating with Philadelphia, or any other team, to trade quarterback Marc Wilson, Steve Ortmayer, director of football operations, said Tuesday.
“That’s a rumor that started back East,” he said, adding that the club was not involved in any quarterback dealings.
The Raiders are talking with the Philadelphia Eagles about quarterback Marc Wilson, Coach Tom Flores said later Tuesday, apparently unaware of Ortmayer’s denial.
"(The Eagles) have made some overtures, and we’ve listened,” he said.
Buddy Ryan, the new coach of the Eagles, was taking Flores’ part in this little disagreement.
“I thought we had a deal all set after our mini-camp (in mid-March),” Ryan told the Philadelphia Daily News. “But we had some complications. Something sprung up, something that we did not know about. But it’s still not dead. We’re still working on it.”
Wilson has a guaranteed contract that calls for $900,000 this season and $1 million in 1987, but Ryan would not clarify whether the “complications” had to do with the Raiders picking up a percentage of the salary, and if that, in turn, might have held up an earlier trade. The Los Angeles Herald Examiner reported Tuesday that Ryan thought the deal had been completed more than a week ago.
Contract talks are also continuing to keep 35-year-old Ron Jaworski in Philadelphia. The Eagles also have Randall Cunningham, who started some games last season as a rookie.
Flores said that his 1986 starter will be one of last year’s three: Wilson, if he isn’t traded, rookie Rusty Hilger or the aging Jim Plunkett.
“I’m not down on Marc like others (fans and some Raider players) are. He didn’t have a good year statistic-wise, but our (passing) game isn’t based on a high percentage (of completions).”